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toastandjam 11-17-2012 12:35 PM

Power tool recommendations
 
With black friday coming up, tools are on sale from companies like; Ryobi, Rigid, Dewalt, Makita, Milwaukee

Looking at getting at least a drill if not one of the combo kits, which manufacuter would you recommend?

joecaption 11-17-2012 12:47 PM

What do you plan on using them for? Around the house or real work?

toastandjam 11-17-2012 12:55 PM

Just around the house.
Currently have a corded drill and an old corded 7" circular saw with a repaired cord that I got for free.

joecaption 11-17-2012 01:08 PM

I'd look for a Ryobi set that includes an impact hammer drill. Also called a drill driver.
Low up front cost and the batterys cost about 1/2 of what anyone else charges.
Are the other brands except Dewalt better, yes, worth the extra cost for home owner use, not likly.
May want to check out CPO tools for some deals on factory reconditioned tools.
Same warrenty and much lower prices.

Davejss 11-17-2012 04:39 PM

I have a Makita combo set that came with an impact driver and a 1\2" hammer drill. They are 18 volt Lithium Ion batteries and they are amazing. They hold a charge forver. I'm a remodeling contractor and my tools take a beating. These have held up very well for the three or four years that I've had them.
Ryobi has come along way over the years as well. They are probably a bit less exspensive than Makita and others.
Which ever brand you go with I would deffinately recommend the LiOn batteries.

ToolSeeker 11-17-2012 05:11 PM

I would second the royobi For what you want it sounds like a good fit. But I would look at the kit rather than individual tools simply because it cheaper than 1 tool at a time. And eventually, unless you are the world luckiest home owner you will need the rest of the tools.

joecaption 11-17-2012 05:16 PM

A few of the Ryobi tools I have owned in the past and found then useless are the jig saw, battery operated ciruler saw and chain saw.

ddawg16 11-17-2012 08:18 PM

I have a crap load of the Ryobi tools.....All perform well...
Except.....
Circular saw....great for cutting one sheet of plywood...easy to handle...but that one sheet will drain a fully charged NiCad battery
Hand vac is worthless

All the other tools have helped me build my garage and house....

What ever you choose....stick with a voltage and brand. That way all your batteries and chargers work for all the tools.

joecaption 11-17-2012 08:29 PM

I forgot about that one. All those small vac are less then useless.
One more I forgot is there 6 battery charger.
I thought this would be great for at the end of the day to put all 6 of my batterys in and have them ready in the morning.
It only charges one battery at a time. The next day only only 1/2 were charged.

Mort 11-18-2012 11:44 AM

I've got the Craftsman 19.2v set. There batteries have a somewhat tarnished reputation, but I've found that if you don't leave them on the charger for way too long, they've worked great for me. And Lord knows Sears could use the money. :laughing:

DannyT 11-18-2012 12:37 PM

i'd wait til the after christmas clearance sales

DannyT 11-18-2012 12:47 PM

i'd wait til the after christmas clearance sales

woodworkbykirk 11-18-2012 01:02 PM

i just picked up the makita lxt drill and impact set with fatpack batteries.. for the same price i could have gotten the brushless version with a 99pc bit set.. however only the slim pack batteries

toolaholic 11-18-2012 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by woodworkbykirk
i just picked up the makita lxt drill and impact set with fatpack batteries.. for the same price i could have gotten the brushless version with a 99pc bit set.. however only the slim pack batteries

Good choice! How often do brushes really need replaced and how much more power does brushless generate. I'd go for the bigger batteries too!

fourx 11-19-2012 12:09 PM

+1 for the ryobi (drivers at least). I've been using them every weekend for the last 4 months and they've been great. Really like the impact driver and it's quite affordable. I'd splurge on the Bit set though... i got the ryobi 90 piece and some of the bits are of dubious quality/strength.


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